Mindfulness is the art of giving real attention to one thing at a time and being truly present. It is the simple act of observing your thoughts without judgment. It has been described as learning to “watch” your thoughts float by like clouds in the sky, instead of attaching meaning and judgments to them. Often, we react to our thoughts, and then old habits and reactive behaviors follow. If we can learn to simply see our thoughts for what they are, and experience them for what they are—simply thoughts—we are free of the emotional rabbit holes they become and feel no need to chase the rabbit.
Mindfulness has been a successful part of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mentalization-Based Treatment and Good Psychiatric Management, utilizing techniques of mindfulness and acceptance to help those with Borderline Disorder to improve attention of the mind. Sometimes, people with Borderline Disorder feel their emotions very intensely, and it may be easy for them to get “stuck” in these emotions and judge their feelings and themselves instead of seeing the emotion or themselves clearly.
Mindfulness exercises and practice will help you develop the skills to get yourself unstuck. Through mindfulness, you will have the opportunity to observe yourself clearly in the moment, to free yourself to learn new ways to experience and name your emotions, and regulate them without judgements. You will gain a greater sense of your true self, helping you to become more centered and present with the things and people you love. There are countless exercises online that can help you begin to learn about the practice of mindfulness, and your therapist is a wonderful resource for helping you learn to use these mindfulness and “wise mind” techniques, using this beautiful daily practice to move your life forward in positive ways.
- National Association of Social Workers, Media. “Beyond Borderline Personality Disorder: The Mindful Brain.” Socialworkblog.org, 22 Oct. 2014, www.socialworkblog.org/nasw-publications/2014/10/beyond-borderline-personality-disorder-the-mindful-brain/.
- Salters-Pedneault, PhD Kristalyn. “Can Mindfulness Meditation Help Borderline Personality Disorder?” Verywell, 14 Apr. 2017, www.verywellmind.com/mindfulness-meditation-for-living-with-bpd-425382.